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Lynn Williams Dunson For Chair of Kaw Nation


Lynn Williams Dunson began serving the Kaw People in 2016 as Vice Chairman. More recently she stepped into the role as Tribal Chair from May 7, 2018 through July 18, 2018, providing much-needed solid, steady leadership after the unexpected resignation of the previous chair. She is the great-granddaughter of Kaw full-bloods, Barkley DeLano and William Jones, granddaughter of Theodore DeLano and Clara Jones, and daughter of Henrietta (Sockie Sue).

EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE

Lynn was the first Chief Nurse Officer for the Muscogee Creek Nation, serving as nurse administrator of 5 clinics and a 25-bed hospital. Lynn graduated Cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing in 1999. Always looking for a new challenge, Lynn applied and was accepted into the nurse practitioner program at the University of Oklahoma and received a Masters of Science degree in 2001.  She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program in Aurora, CO, and has received additional training as a nurse administrator. Her professional experience also includes serving as a preceptor for OU and SWOSU nursing students, deployment to hurricanes Ivan and Jean, speaker at state and national conferences, clinic manager and educator.

The executive level positions Lynn has held in administration and clinical positions have provided her with the expertise and ability to manage people, budgets and various programs within tribal and federal government as well as the private sector.

COMMITMENT

Lynn retired as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service in 2014 after 25 years of service, but her commitment to helping others in Indian Country, and more importantly, to the Kaw Nation, never wavered. Since that time, she has remained active as an advocate for Native women, working closely with Kaw Nation Domestic Violence. She is a trainer for the SAFESTAR program which educates native community women to assist in sexual assault exam and support. Lynn has served on the Kaw Economic Development board, currently sets on the Kanza Health Advisory board and was instrumental in the Kanza Health Center expansion.

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